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Florida, Day 2: Way Too Many Fishies, and an Unforgettable Spanish Meal

Image Courtesy Kari Sheppard, ShepArt Studio

The original Sunday plan was to go to church, then the Lowry Park Zoo, and on to the Florida Aquarium. No plan ever survives contact with reality, of course. I swear we were jet-lagged, even though the time difference is only one hour. It had to be true, […]

The HomeField (Grill) Advantage

This entry is part of a series, Restaurants»

As Seen in Beertown Austin

Nolan Ryan was one of the all-time great pitchers, and he’s become a “hometown boy” in practically every city and town in Texas. In central Texas, he’s still involved with baseball, through (part-) ownership of the Round Rock Express. People who […]

Friday Follies: Food Network Now Wants to Play Ball

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the ballpark, along comes Food Network with a new way to get into your wallet…

Yes, the Food Network may be part of the food lineup at your favorite big-league park this season. They’ll be […]

Follies Extra: Free Chick-fil-A This Friday!

This very important news, just in to the Chile Underground Bovine Festival Watch Desk: The 5th Annual Cow Appreciation Day will be held on July 10, 2009. Chick-fil-A will give free food to anybody idiot enough who dresses up in a cow costume and shows up at their restaurant during business hours on Friday. […]

One Last Plate of Tex-Mex, Then We Go

The plane leaves in less that 48 hours for Ireland, and I’m ready to go. Well, okay, I’m not quite ready. Other than finishing a report or two, traveling home, then shopping, packing and stuff like that, though, I’m ready.

Oh, and I really, really need a Tex-Mex fix. Bad. I mean a good one. […]

Get Ready for the Fourth of July!

Summer’s getting along, and it’s almost time to shoot off the fireworks! Only we’ve been so dry there’s a big fireworks ban on. No sparklers, no Roman Candles, no bottle rockets.

Instead, I’m going to cook up a bunch of spicy treats and zesty dishes and let the explosions and spectacular effects happen on the tongue.

Here’s […]

Homesick Again

I woke up homesick this morning. For a place I visit infrequently, and not since January of 2007. Yang Ming Shan, the mountain park and resort only a city bus ride from downtown Taipei, Taiwan, is the area I mean. In particular, the village of Zhu Zi Hu, or Bamboo Lake in American-speak, was on […]

Restaurant Review: Joe DiMaggio’s Italian Chophouse

The years roll by, and before you know it, you are celebrating 21 years together. (Yes, it could happen to you; if you’re lucky, that is.) Paula Jo decided we should celebrate with a special meal, just the three of us. We loaded up our favorite Designated Driver and headed over to a new restaurant […]